What times can I visit the NFSA?

The NFSA is open:

Monday to Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. The Bench Room cafe closes at 3:00 pm.

Open Friday nights, weekends and public holidays for advertised events. See What’s On calendar for details.
NFSA Library open on Wednesdays 2:30 – 4:30 pm.

Our address is:
National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, McCoy Circuit, Acton, Canberra.
Contact: 02 6248 2000

What can I do when I visit?

The Front Room is a space where you can enjoy a sample of the NFSA’s television, radio and sound collection, using our portable CD and DVD players to enjoy this content at your leisure. You can use your own headphones, or borrow a pair from us – a $5 returnable deposit applies. The Front Room is a permanent space, and the content will be updated frequently, so make sure you visit regularly.

We also encourage you to attend our public events such as the monthly Vinyl Lounge (first Friday of the month). Films from our collection can also be viewed throughout the day at our Theatrette or in Arc cinema.

Our Exhibition Gallery is closed for redevelopment from 30 January 2015.

Check our What’s on page for updates on the latest NFSA events and screenings.

Do you take every film that you are offered?

No – new material is acquired under the guidance of the NFSA’s curatorial staff according to the NFSA’s published Collection Policy and Statement of Curatorial Values. See Collection offers for more information and to complete a Collection Offers Form.

What are the best storage conditions for my film and video at home?

You can find advice for caring for your film and video at home under Care for audiovisual materials on the Preservation page. To be sure of the best care of your audio item you may wish to seek specialist advice.

Can I borrow films for private screenings from the NFSA?

The NFSA offers a diverse range of film and video screening material, which is available for loan to cinemas, film festivals, film societies and educational, cultural and community organisations.

Access is through two catalogues: NFSA Search the Collection (Theatrical Loans) and the Non-Theatrical Loans Catalogue, which includes pre-licensed titles for non-theatrical and educational use. Borrowers are encouraged to search both catalogues.

How can I connect with NFSA on social media sites, like Facebook?

It’s easy – scroll down to the bottom of any page on our website to the grey footer. You’ll find icons for all the ways you can connect with the NFSA on social media sites. For example, clicking on the Facebook icon button will take you to the NFSA Facebook page. Click 'Like’ to follow the NFSA on Facebook and be part of the conversation!